Gabriel Jesus is done with sitting on the bench while Sergio Aguero continues to have his way at Manchester City.
Jesus emerged as a potential rival for Aguero when he first arrived at City from Palmeiras in January 2017. The Brazilian made an instant impact by managing seven goals and five assists in his first 10 Premier League games
Things, however, quickly went downhill for Jesus with foot and knee injuries causing him to spent time on the sidelines.
Aguero, meanwhile, has cemented his spot in Pep Guardiola’s line-up and is now City’s all-time record scorer on 239 goals in 344 appearances.
Therefore, Jesus has had to settle for a role as the Argentine’s understudy in recent seasons. And things don’t look like they’ll improve anytime soon, with the 22-year-old making just one start and two cameos in City’s six league games this term.
“I’m over the ‘I have to wait’ phase,” Jesus told Esporte Interativo.
“I’ve been here for almost three years, it’s my fourth season, and that makes me want to play more.
“Obviously it’s very hard to compete for a place with Aguero, the biggest legend of this club, although it’s good for the team – he plays well when in the team and I do the same.
“I do understand Pep’s decisions and respect Sergio, his history here and what he’s doing now.
“People say that I’m a sub in a negative way but they forget I’m not on the bench due to bad performances.
“It’s because Aguero has been superb. I’ve learnt not how to wait but how to understand this situation.”
Despite his limited opportunities, though, Jesus has still provided three goals and an assist in his six appearances for City across all competitions this season.
He was also on target during Tuesday’s 3-0 EFL Cup win at Preston North End.